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Grateful Dead Live at Hampton Coliseum on 1985-03-22


Topics Live concert


Feel Like A Stranger, Cold Rain & Snow, CC Rider, Brown Eyed Women, Cassidy, Big Railroad Blues, My Brother Esau, Don't Ease Me In Scarlet Begonias-> Hell In A Bucket, Ship of Fools, Terrapin Station-> Drums-> Spanish Jam-> Truckin'-> Smokestack Lightning-> Black Peter-> Sugar Magnolia, E: It's All Over Now Baby Blue


Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Hampton Coliseum
Location Hampton, VA

Source Oade Brothers Recording: Schoeps CMC441s (90deg, 17cm) > Oade M118 > Oade mod SONY PCM-F1
Lineage Master PCM > DAW (via SEKD Prodif) > Wav > cdwav > Flac
Taped by Oade Brothers
Transferred by Doug Oade - Darren Sacks


Notes

Oade Brothers Recording: Schoeps CMC441s (90deg, 17cm) > Oade M118 > Oade mod SONY PCM-F1; Transfer: Master PCM > DAW (via SEKD Prodif) > Wav > cdwav > Flac

Reviews

Reviewer: gordon hensley - - February 4, 2014
Subject: nice oade aud
very much enjoyed the show and the local ambiance provided by the oade team... previous night a bit more intense while this show has a different vibe... perhaps a bit more contemplative.

hey, its hampton, and always a special visit on a tour.
Reviewer: itreallytiedtheroomtogether - - December 17, 2012
Subject: That's It for the Naked Dude
I was right up by the stage, where people were packed pretty tight and couldn't help bumping into each other. Then, however, somebody really slammed into me. I was like "what the hell?" and turned around to see this big naked dude (no rainbow wig). Everybody kinda got out of his way. Then, between songs, I and everybody around me were yelling up at the band "play something for the naked guy!"...and they went into Ship of Fools. A friend said he saw the guy later, looking in vain for his clothes.
Reviewer: corby112 - - July 21, 2010
Subject: Decent audience recording.
This is a decent sounding audience recording from the great month of March, 1985. Jerry's vocals are subpar and pretty low in the mix but everything else sounds great. The audience presence is huge!

Although Jerry's voice is very rough throughout, he is very enthusiastic and his playing makes up for his brutal voice.

The show opens with an excellent Stranger that has an extended jam. C.C. Rider has a great bluesy jam with decent slide work as well as some great Brent and Jerry soloing. Cassidy is the other highlight of the first set. Everything ele is played well.

The second set starts off great with a very nice Scarlet that surprisingly segues into Hell in a Bucket. The set really heats up with the jam in Terapin and the energy continues until the set closes with a rousing Sugar Magnolia. The Spanish Jam that comes out of Space is excellent but very brief before segueing into a firey version of Truckin' that has an intense jam at the ending. The transition into Smokestack Lightning is flawless and this version showcases Bobby in top bluesy form. Black Peter is sweet and although Garcia sounds awful, his dying voice brings to life the titular character.

Overall some nice highlights, especially the second set, but the vocals are pretty bad.
Reviewer: mthurman - - December 20, 2008
Subject: Get this version; Scarlet
Thanks to the Oades for making this available. I have been listening to the Mark Gibbs version since obtaining it from him a few days after the show. While it is a fine recording, the Oade > PCM setup is par excellence for this period and cannot be beat for frequency response.

I had a wonderful time here, because I was with a great crowd of folks (thanks to Carter, Cooley, and others). Moreover, I was able to turn on my younger brother to the Dead during this run. There was a groundswell for the Dead among freaks at this time, and it was a pleasure to be part of it.

The show is full of energy, as is the crowd. With regard to the previous post regarding a version of Scarlet with equal burn, check out Scarlet > Fire from Hampton the year before (4/13/84). Jerry plays a fast strum lick during the solo that is unbelievable. Watching him hit this lick up close simply floored me.
Reviewer: thebone - - November 19, 2008
Subject: One of My First Shows
This was my 4th show out of what would wind up numbering about 80 (+ some assorted JGB's). I agree with Dan's comments wholeheartedly: this is a very solid show and the crowd's energy says it all. Personally, I love the "Bob heavy" post-drums part of set II. All of those tunes totally kick ass (except Baby Blue--haha).

Out to Lunch, to answer your question those stage screens had not become part of the backdrop in a standard 85 show. It was a pretty stripped-down looking setup at this time as I recall...
Reviewer: Dan Chapman - - November 18, 2008
Subject: SHIP BABY !!!!
i 1st have to say that maybe "out to lunch" is out to LUNCH...o.k. all i know is Grateful Dead. And this is CLASSIC '85 G.D.! The stranger rips and yes the scarlet is rowdy and ripe- But Garcia decides or basically stumbles fully lovingly into a SECOND solo break during SHIP OF FOOLS. And I LOVE THAT THAT happens here. there is more to discuss but THAT is all i am mentioning for this here gem. PEACE
Reviewer: East Coast - - October 22, 2007
Subject: Definate chills
Yes I attended this show, without a doubt there are some vocals flaws, but who cares after that smokin' Scarlet. The audience roar just tells it all, again i just get chills every time I hear that jam.
Reviewer: Out_To_Lunch - - December 26, 2006
Subject: AUD Quality
Deep set arena sound - ie: oversaturated / muddled. Inexplicable crowd response in the middle of songs. I wish I could find out when those big screens first appeared at shows - IMO they mark a decline.

AUD searcher to 11/29/80 - Go Hither.
Reviewer: Prof. Scarlet - - June 11, 2006
Subject: The Rowdy Scarlet
I defy any to find a Scarlet with a Jerry lead as long as this one. I timed it at 4 minutes and 30 seconds! I wonder if his microphone was broken because in the 85, the Scarlet's didn't have 4 or five crescendos like this one. The audience noise makes this sound all the more rowdy. Get it and then tell me of another Scarlet with as much punch! Also, who has a board of this? I'd like to compare the sound.
Reviewer: killerwhale - - January 7, 2006
Subject: I was there!
Ah, I remember it like it was yesterday. Got into town a couple of hours before the show. Stopped at a local store and bought a marker and some posterboard. Made a sign that said "Need A Ticket!" and walked around the parking lot. Got one in short order - went in and enjoyed a killer show. I even ran into a bunch of old Navy buddy/deadheads and stayed for the rest of the weekend. Had a great time.

This is one of the better Audience recordings I have found. Pretty good for the technology available 20 years ago. The sound is decent and the levels are pretty stable. Better than most of the beat up cassette tapes I carried around for years.

The setlist is pretty interesting for 1985 - Scarlet > Hell in a Bucket = different. All of us old Navy guys cheered alot during Ship Of Fools.

A good choice now that the SBDs are gone.
Reviewer: killerwhale - - January 7, 2006
Subject: I was there!
Ah, I remember it like it was yesterday. Got into town a couple of hours before the show. Stopped at a local store and bought a marker and some posterboard. Made a sign that said "Need A Ticket!" and walked around the parking lot. Got one in short order - went in and enjoyed a killer show. I even ran into a bunch of old Navy buddy/deadheads and stayed for the rest of the weekend. Had a great time.

This is one of the better Audience recordings I have found. Pretty good for the technology available 20 years ago. The sound is decent and the levels are pretty stable. Better than most of the beat up cassette tapes I carried around for years.

The setlist is pretty interesting for 1985 - Scarlet > Hell in a Bucket = different. All of us old Navy guys cheered alot during Ship Of Fools.

A good choice now that the SBDs are gone.
Reviewer: Trannyman - - December 9, 2005
Subject: Check it out
Now that the SBDS are gone, I will spend mega time researching the big audience selection. It's about time!
This one is good. A little peaky on the loudest passages, but otherwise decent sound.
Show- Excellent first set and long second set for an 85 show. And unusual too. A worthy member of the heralded 1985 collection
Reviewer: David Bolewski - - September 3, 2005
Subject: Good audience recording
An unusual opportunity to experience what a live 1985 show was like.I wish smooth audience recordings like this where available more frequently. Fans clap during Terrapin.
Reviewer: CURTIN68 - - August 8, 2005
Subject: TYPICAL HAMPTON
I don't know about you, but any show with this kind of energy is alright for me. The Scarlet has to be one of the raunchiest versions I have heard.... rippin..the boys on some serious overdrive.....a few mis-steps do not bother me.... Sound is crispy....
CIAO!
Reviewer: Renliff - - May 6, 2005
Subject: Mind Left Body?
Is that a very short MLB Jam outta terrapin? Luckily I'm watching the Video of the 2nd set with the Oade source. And yess Jerry does forget some lyrics to Terrapin but you should see him jam it out in the end.
Reviewer: jazzman28 - - October 14, 2004
Subject: Great sound quality, but marginal show,..
I could live without hearing this show again. Second set is ok and it appears that Jerry forgets he is even on stage noted during the Terrapin. Cool jam after the Terrapin..

Interesting Scarlet>Bucket though... Most of the show lacks lots of cohesiveness (SP?).

I am being generous by giving this one a three. Sound quality os more like a 4-5, but I'd really rate this show the best a 3.

There are many better shows from 85 than this one...
Reviewer: gratefulbrad95 - - September 12, 2004
Subject: Wonderful
Its a Oade source...definately worth checking out. Sound quality is nice and crisp. The second set is full of noteworthy jams. I would recommend this show to anyone.
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